Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Finished Project: Sage Chambray Bettine Dress

Morning all!


I'm finally getting a chance to blog about this Bettine Dress I made a couple of weeks ago. When I saw this Tilly and the Buttons pattern I thought it would be perfect for a couple of spring / summer dresses, even though it's not my usual go-to dress style. I normally like fitted bodices and full skirts as I think they flatter my figure better but this dress looked like it would be lovely and comfortable to wear so I decided to make it anyway.

I used a sage green chambray type fabric from croft mill as I really liked the colour. I also bought a pale blue chambray at the same time which I'm thinking I might use for a TATB Megan dress from Love at First Stitch. 


I added 2" to the skirt as I have quite long legs and am not the biggest fan of showing off too much of them! This dress is about as short as I would go with or without tights being more of a knee length skirt kind of gal! 

Other than that I didn't make any other moderations to the dress pattern. I decided to go with the full 'bells and whistles' version with pockets and a cuff and a button tab on the sleeves. I also used a grey cotton polkadot for the facings rather than the sage green fabric for some added interest (not that anyone else will see the facings but hey-ho). 



As usual, Tilly's instructions were easy to follow - I really like the photos she includes in her instruction books - they make everything so clear to understand. Not that this was a particularly difficult make as it's aimed at beginner dress makers but there are some really lovely details in this dress that just finishes it off nicely. 

Having made the dress, I decided I should have added length to the bodice as well as there isn't as much drape in it as I think there should be. I've added 2" onto the pattern pieces now so will try it out with my next version. 


Other than that though, this is lovely and comfortable to wear, as I thought it would be. It works just as well with tights and a cardie as it does with bear legs so will definitely carry me through spring and into summer. I've got some lovely red flowered rayon I've had in my stash for ages to use for another version, so it will be interesting to see how the lengthened bodice and different fabric change the drape of the dress on me.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Me MAde May 16 pledge




So, I've been deliberating over whether to sign up for Me Made May (MMM) this year as my me made wardrobe is vastly smaller than it was due to the additional pounds I'm still carrying after having the Little boy at the end of last year. However, I've had a bit of a sewing streak recently and feel like I could make a good go of it now (I'm also slowly starting to fit back into some of my things), so I've decided to bite the bullet and do it.

So here's my pledge.

I Helen of Helen Made, sign up as a participant of Me Made May '16. I will wear at least one handmade or refashioned item a day for the whole of May. 

A simple pledge but that should be tricky enough at the moment.

So here's to another great MMM!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

FINALLY!!! Another finished project. Tilly and the Buttons Delphine Skirt.

Hola Chicas! I hope I find yo all well on this sunny Wednesday!

I've finally been able to start and finish a sewing project. Technically this isn't the first sewing project completed since the little boy was born but the other project (A Gertie Pencil Skirt in animal print) turned out to be far too big for me after my post baby sizing adjustments, and I have yet to sort it out. Which is a shame because not only do I love a good pencil skirt (as seen here and here), but I also love the fabric.

Anyway, enough of the failed pencil skirt for now and on to the first finished (and wearable) sewn item post bubba. A Delphine Skirt from Tilly's book Love at First Stitch.


I made a trial version of this way back last year (never blogged) and found that I needed a sway back adjustment before it fit properly, because of the high waist. So it got put in the to be finished pile and forgotten about until a couple of weeks back when I decided I needed to make a few things that would actually fit me now as I was bored of jeans and t-shirt combos.

I took out about 1" from the back skirt piece at the centre back, tapering to nothing at the hips, by marking then slicing the pattern piece about 2 1/2 " down from the top.



Then I overlapped the pieces at the centre back by 1" and taped it down.


I also added 2" to the length because I don't like my skirts too short and I always need to add length because of my height. Other than that there were no other adjustments to the pattern. Tilly's instructions were, as always, really clear.

And because I can, so why not, I used some lovely yellow chevron fabric, left over from the boys quilt, for the facing.


The skirt fabric is some navy brushed cotton polka dot which I found at a charity shop a couple of years ago.


All in all a satisfying and simple make and one I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of.


Up next (once the fabric arrives) is  TATB's Bettine Dress, using some sage green chambray fabric from Croft Mill. I also bought this blue chambray to potentially make another version, or some other summery dress.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Finished project: baby cardigan

Hello all. Hope you're well. I have a finished knitted make for you today. I've finally got round to finishing the Baba's cardigan from this Patons booklet.


I started it back over half term at the end of October and only had the button band and hood band to finish when he came along, so it got sidelined whilst I coped with being sleep deprived and keeping a little person alive. Finally finished it last night. Yay!

I picked out this green wool as I didn't know whether buba was going to be a boy or girl so it seemed to work for both. The pattern is called Corey.


I really love the ridged stripy effect the pattern creates. The make was quite straightforward once you got used to the pattern repeat and I was able to do a lot of it without constantly needing to check back to the pattern, which was a refreshing change for my knitting as I normally need to check constantly to remind myself.

I only did one button and button hole in the end as a rarely actually button up the cardigans I have already so figured I wouldn't button this one up either really.

Next up a crochet hat for him using this pattern. I'm going with a petrol blue colour and I'm going to add on a purple pom-pom for good measure, because, why the hell not!


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Finished project: Christmas cake

A little Christmas make for you today. My first ever home made Christmas cake. In the past I've made Christmas puddings but never bothered with Christmas cake until this year.



It's a traditional fruitcake but since I'm not the biggest fan of normal marzipan I made an orange flavoured marzipan instead.


It's the first time I've decorated a full sized cake too - having only decorated cupcakes in the past.
overall, I'm very happy with this make.

Merry Christmas too you all.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Finished Objects: An advent calendar and a 2 week early surprise!

Hello hello!

Hope everyone is well. So I managed to finish the advent calendar I was working on for Mr HM and I before advent began (very chuffed).

Not much to report in terms of the manufacture. Its a pre-prepared fabric panel from Cotton Patch which you cut out and sew together. Probably only took me about an hour in total from start to finish.


I've been meaning to make a reusable advent panel for years and finally got round to it so I'm very happy with myself!

In other news... this happened ... 2 weeks earlier than expected! Baby Felix.


One of the reasons I'm so chuffed with making the advent calendar is because I made it up after he was born - and he slept through the noise of the machine beautifully (yay for more sewing time when he's sleeping - that is when he's sleeping better at night and therefore I don't need to join him in a nap when he sleeps in the day!) :-)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Finished Project: Christmas Stockings

Hello all! Hope you're well.

Another finished project for you today - something Christmasy (I know it's a bit early, but with Baby HM on the way I need to get stuff out of the way as I'm pretty certain I'll only have eyes for the baby once it finally makes an appearance!)

Anyhoo - it's three Christmas stockings, one for each of us.


I drew the stocking template by freehand till it looked right then pieced together loads of Christmas coloured fabric scraps to make the front stocking piece. The back is made of plain calico for ease and a little more strength. All pretty straightforward and uncomplicated really.

I'm planning on embroidering name labels for each of them so father Christmas knows who's is who's but I haven't got round to it yet.

I've also finished an advent calendar wall hanging for my nieces which I forgot to photograph (oops) and have one for our house to sew up too so that's next on the list.